Section (6000) Instruction
Policy Name Controversial Issues
Policy Number 6144
Date Approved 10/10/1989
Date Revised 10/12/2004
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Policy The discussion and study of controversial issues shall be objective and scholarly, with a minimum emphasis on opinion. The teacher shall approach controversial issues in the classroom in an impartial and unprejudiced manner, and must refrain from using classroom privileges and prestige to promote a partisan point of view.

Students in the schools shall have the opportunity for responsible discussion of controversial issues.

Instructional policy on controversial issues is stated by the Board of Education to protect teachers and school administrators from unwarranted attack by pressure groups, and to insure youth a well-balanced preparation for American citizenship. In addition, students may be excused from participating in family life programs consistent with Connecticut General statute 10-16e. Students may also be excused from participating in curriculum due to valid religious objections.

(cf. 1220 - Citizens Advisory Committees)
(cf. 1312 - Public Complaints)
(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)
(cf. 6161 - Equipment, Books, Materials: Provision/Selection)

Legal References: Connecticut General Statutes

§10-16e Students not required to participate in family life education programs.

§10-19 Effect of alcohol, nicotine or tobacco and drugs to be taught

§10-229 Change of textbooks

31-51q Liability of employer for discipline or discharge of employee on account of employee's exercise of certain constitutional rights

Keyhishian v. Board of Regents 385 U.S. 589, 603 (1967)

Academic Freedom Policy (adopted by Connecticut State Board of Education, 09/09/81)